David Watson (1933-2009)Published on April 6th, 2010 | By: Peter Wray
(From the Benton Courier newspaper, Benton, Ark.)
R. Watson, 75, of Benton, died on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009 after a long
illness. He was born Dec. 27, 1933, the fifth of nine children born
to William Pugh and Bessie T. Watson in Pugh in Ashley County.
Watson was an honors graduate of Crossett High School in 1952. Upon
graduation from Arkansas A&M (now the University of Arkansas at
Monticello) in 1956, Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in chemistry and
mathematics, he immediately went to work for Reynolds Metals Co. as an
analytical chemist in its research lab. In 1957 he was promoted to
project director – ceramics, and over the next 30 years he obtained 15
patents involving products and processes in the United States, Britain,
Canada, and Japan.
Mr. Watson prepared and presented numerous
technical papers to the American Ceramic Society and customers and was
elected to the prestigious honor of “Fellow” of the Society in 1976. He
retired in 1993 as manager of the Alumina and Ceramics Research
Laboratory and vice president of Malakoff Industries, a subsidiary of
After retirement, Mr. Watson served as a
consultant to Randolph Reynolds, vice chairman of Reynolds for the next
seven years. His favorite pastimes when he was not working were quail
hunting and fishing.
Mr. Watson was preceded in death by his parents
and two brothers, James Turner Watson and William C. Watson.
include his wife of 55 years, Sue; son Kirk Watson and wife Cheryl,
daughter Diane Howe and husband Allen of Noblesville, Ind.; three
grandchildren, Jennifer, Kristin and Julian Watson; three sisters,
Elizabeth Bays and husband T.M. and Alice Swilley and husband John, all
of Crossett, and Cynthia Hollis and husband Charles of Fountain Hill; a
brother, Tommy Watson and wife Joyce of Olathe, Kan.; and several nieces
Family Comments: His family
wishes to express their sincere respect and appreciation for his long
time treatment by the staff and nurses of the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic of the Arkansas Heart Hospital, and also to the caregivers
of Fresenius, Saline Memorial Hospital and Saline Memorial Hospice.
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